Washington Post

Donald Kendall, who built PepsiCo into a soda and snack-food giant, dies at 99

As president and chief executive of Pepsi-Cola and its successor company, PepsiCo, Donald Kendall turned a middling beverage business into a globe-spanning rival of Coca-Cola. Foto: AP/Sergey Ponomarev

Donald Kendall, a former fountain-syrup salesman who engineered the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay, then built PepsiCo into one of America's largest companies while selling soda to the Soviet Union as part of a Cold War gambit, died Sept. 19 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 99.

His family announced the death in a statement and did not give a precise cause...

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